From Khrysis’ upcoming album The Hour Of Khrysis.
Talib Kweli & De La Soul’s Maseo discuss Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey – the colossal 420 page coffee table book exploring four decades of hip-hop culture from its roots & humble beginnings through to its present day global impact. 70 original essays. 337 poster size photos. 154 interviews with your favorite MCs, DJs, Graffiti Artists, B-Boys, Producers & more. With an introduction by Afrika Bambaataa.
Hip-Hop: A Cultural Odyssey is available for purchase here.
The great rap logos from the history of hip hop acted as cultural co-signs, and for every great rapper and label there is a memorable stamp of approval. A lot of the great ones were designed in the art departments of the labels by a few notable designers, who at the time probably didn’t know that they were penning what would become cultural iconography. Sometimes, the logos went beyond the group or the label itself, marks like the Wu-Tang “W” and Tommy Boy logo had moments where the image itself stood on its own.
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Here’s both this past weekend’s “Live From HQ” show and “RIOC” show. I filled in for Preem on Friday along with Panchi & King Of Chill and on Sunday Torae & I had Kool Keith & Jesse West (3rd Eye) up at the show. Keith was as entertaining as you would expect him to be. Shout out to Scaramanga (Sir Menelik) for calling up as well. Aside from that, lot’s of new music as usual.
Download links and tracklists after jump.
This weekend Jay-Z’s debut, Reasonable Doubt, turned 15 years old. To commemorate the milestone, Philadelphia radio personality Colby Colb, released Jay’s 16-year-old interview and Criminology freestyle.
This was before Rocafella, this was best friends Jay and Dame driving down to Philly in twin Lexus GS Coupes with records in the trunk. This was one of Jay-z first interviews outside of New York. You could see the potential in him, he was nervous yet confident. During this interview he talks about life before Reasonable Doubt which didn’t come out until 10 months later.